The Art and Science of Military Deception

The Art and Science of Military Deception

By: Barton Whaley (author), Hy Rothstein (author)Hardback

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It is said that deception among people in a civilized society is something to be loathed even though it seems to be part of human nature; but deception in war is a virtue. Properly designed and executed, stratagems reduce the horrific costs of war. This book is a comprehensive collection of classic articles on deception, hand-picked and expertly introduced by well-known experts on military deception. The purpose of this book is to set in motion a renaissance for using deception as an instrument of statecraft. The various sections are designed to cumulatively provide sufficient breadth and depth on the subject to satisfy both the novice as well as the expert. Packed with expert commentary, interesting background information, and original readings, this book provides the reader with sufficient knowledge to pursue General Eisenhower's vision for the proper role of deception in support of the national interest. It is suitable for military advisors and strategists; military academies; and, government agencies.

About Author

Hy Rothstein teaches in the department of defense analysis at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. He earned his Ph.D. in international relations from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Barton Whaley is a visiting professor in the defense analysis department at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. He received his Ph.D. in political science from M.I.T.


Ethics of Political-Military Deception; Principles and Other Fundamentals; Myths of Deception; Theories: How Deception Works; Deception Traditions; Tactical Camouflage; Strategic Deception; Irregular Warfare and Non-State Actors; Ambush and Counter-Ambush; Deception Planners and Planning; Naval Warfare; Air War; Ground War: Theory and Practice; Economic Warfare; Cost Effectiveness; When Your Deception Plan is Compromised; When Deception Backfires; Detecting Deception: When Detective Meets Deceiver.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781608075515
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 600
  • ID: 9781608075515
  • weight: 1610
  • ISBN10: 1608075516

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